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El Gato Cantina

) #46 of 180 Restaurants in Burlington €€ - €€€ Mexican, , Latin
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
+1 802-540-3095
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (12 reviews)
“guacamole” (13 reviews)
“moles” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
€€ - €€€
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tuesday is taco night st El Gato. Tacos are $2. The menu is pretty typical for a Mexican restaurant - tacos, enchiladas, burritos and tostadas. There are a few specialty items like mole chicken and a shredded chicken with cheese. We went with a family...More

Thank dmount2001
Reviewed 6 days ago

They mixed up our taco order, but in the end we straightened it out. They didn't seem to care. Overall, it's just ok but far from Good Mexican. I probably wouldn't bother going there again.

Thank 754Chuck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I end up here with my family every now and then - it's average Mexican food, usually a pretty long wait. The guacamole is excellent!

Thank olyonsvt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I used to love this place, however we have tried to eat there multiple times in the last month and every time we have been jerked around by the hostess' who obviously have no idea what they are doing and given up waiting. This evening...More

Thank mczh2014
Tree B, Owner at El Gato Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for writing in and letting us know your experience. That is not how we want to be and I am sorry that happened. I am looking into this matter and will be meeting with mgt. to make the changes so that this doesn't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a Wednesday night. Fairly busy but great service. Bartender was very friendly and we were seated quickly. Great menu and food was excellent. Loved the homemade sauces. Would defiantly go back!

Thank Markramer
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

all the food is fresh, and properly seasoned. Waitresses are speedy and remember everyone's order. a great place to bring your friends. You won't be hungry when you leave.

Thank Albert M
Reviewed 3 July 2017

A group of seven went in. El Gato said they could not seat us right away. They were to call us when a table was ready. In about 15 minutes we were called, went to El Gato and waited 10 to 15 minutes for a...More

Thank pete533
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Mexican restaurants come and go in Vermont, mostly go. When a real Sonoran style restaurant shows up, believe me, we want it to succeed. We had lunch there today and the chips and salsa made a good first impression. We went through the salsa pretty...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Food was good. I have high standards for Mexican food coming from Los Angeles. On a scale of 1-10 I would say 7. Service was excellent and atmosphere is fun. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 4 June 2017

when we arrived there were 3 couples at the bar (2 already had food and beverages) and 3 tables with customers. We ordered our beverages (2 margaritas). After waiting for 20 minutes the bartender sent our server over to tell us that the tequila that...More

Thank mitchell962017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-540-3095
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El Gato Cantina, is a traditional Mexican restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine to Burlington and Essex Junction, Vermont. The philosophy at El Gato Cantina is to make delicious food with traditional Mexican family recipes. We now have two locations! Visit us in downtown Burlington at 169 Church Street, or visit our NEW restaurant on 4 Park Street in Essex Junction, VT. Our menu consists of tamales, carnitas, fresh salsas, chili relleno and at least 10 different kinds of tacos and more. We take pride in our elote (Mexican grilled corn) and pozole, (the ancient Aztec soup of pork and hominy). Behind the bar we are fully stocked with a wide range of tequilas including some our house-infused tequilas made with jalapenos, oranges and our daily infused tequila specials. We offer delicious vegetarian and gluten-free Mexican dishes and source our food locally whenever possible. Dine in a casual atmosphere with a traditional Mexican Cantina feel. Join us today for a tasty Mexican meal the way Grandma used to make it.
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